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Teaching fellowship awarded to BYU doctoral student

Allison Lee, a PhD student studying mechanical engineering, recently received a renewal of her teaching fellowship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

September 19, 2017
Be prepared for the STEM Career Fair

The BYU STEM Career Fair will be Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom. The fair is a great way for students in STEM majors to find internship and job opportunities with major companies, such as Boeing, Amazon and Ford. 

September 12, 2017
BYU researchers are helping connect fluid dynamics research to brain trauma

Researchers from BYU, USU and a Japanese university are hoping to use new knowledge of cavitation to fill a gap in brain research. Their new study details exactly what happens when a liquid at rest is suddenly put into motion. While the finding has immediate implications for many industrial processes, there’s also growing evidence linking cavitation to brain trauma.

September 11, 2017
BYU-created mini tool has massive potential

BYU researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars’ atmosphere — and that’s just one of its myriad possible uses. BYU chemistry professor Daniel Austin, joined by electrical engineering professor Aaron Hawkins and other colleagues, has developed a much smaller spectrometer that still has the capabilities of its larger counterparts. 

August 30, 2017
Engineering and technology faculty receive top university honors

At this year's University Conference, BYU's most prestigious award went to Randal W. Beard, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Three other Ira A. Fulton College faculty members were also honored.

August 28, 2017
BYU engineers earn honor society scholarships

Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, recently named its 271 scholars for the 2017-18 academic year. This year, 10 scholars are Brigham Young University students.

August 15, 2017
Professors 3D-print first truly microfluidic "lab on a chip" device

Researchers at BYU are the first to 3D-print a viable microfluidic device small enough to be effective at a scale much less than 100 micrometers, a major breakthrough toward mass-producing the medical diagnostic devices cheaply.

August 9, 2017
Forbes: A Startup That's (Literally) Opening Doors For Wheelchair Users

After opening the door for a fellow student in a wheelchair, industrial design student Sam Lew and five other BYU students developed a device that would improve the opening of automatic doors, especially for those in wheelchairs. 

August 8, 2017
BYU researchers develop method that could produce stronger, more pliable metals

An interdisciplinary BYU research team consisting of a Ph.D. student, a mechanical engineering professor, and a physics professor have created a method to help evaluate properties like strength, weight and lifespan of materials, leading to the eventual optimization of the best materials. 

August 7, 2017
Daily Herald: Girls cybersecurity camp at BYU expands girls' opportunities

BYU hosted its third annual Girls Cybersecurity Camp on July 17-21. The camp left the girls, ages 13-18, with new knowledge and excitement about information technology and cybersecurity. 

July 21, 2017
Alum continues to apply skills learned at BYU to job at Ford

Harry Douglass' BYU education taught him a lot of valuable skills. Since receiving his degree in mechanical engineering in 2014, he continues to apply his BYU education to his work at Ford. 

July 20, 2017
Alum uses communications skills she learned at BYU to excel in her career

After graduating in April, industrial designer Janae Pettit landed a job at Vivint Smart Home's Innovation Center. Her time at BYU gave her real-world experience and taught her communication skills that have been critical to her career. 

July 20, 2017
BYU to host third annual Girls Cybersecurity Camp

Women are sorely outnumbered in the information technology industry.  Dale Rowe, BYU associate professor of information technology, hopes to start to bridge that gap with the Girls Cybersecurity Camp on July 17-21. The free camp is exclusively for girls ages 13-18 to get them interested in both IT and cybersecurity.

July 12, 2017
Civil engineering chair receives significant honor from professional society

Rollin H. Hotchkiss, BYU professor and chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, received the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2017 Hydraulic Structures Medal. The medal is awarded for significant contributions to the advancement of the art and science of hydraulic engineering as applied to hydraulic structures.

June 30, 2017
BYU alum continues to learn and grow at Ford

BYU alum Ethan Gross exemplifies that hard work and making a plan can help you achieve your goals. His persistence and BYU education helped him land a dream position with Ford. 

June 29, 2017
BYU Mars Rover team finishes 4th in international robotics competition

Competing with elite teams from 13 countries, BYU engineers returned from "Mars" with a fourth place finish in the University Rover Challenge. Sponsored by The Mars Society, the rover challenge is considered one of the most difficult robotic competitions for students because vehicles must be autonomous and capable of completing various tasks in extremely rugged environments. 
 

June 27, 2017
WE@BYU mentorship opens up new opportunities

Hannah Lutz started studying industrial design as a way to combine her love for art and the ability to invent things. After being accepted into the major, she applied for a Women in Engineering and Technology mentorship, which has opened up new opportunities for her and has helped her become more involved in the School of Technology.

June 6, 2017
CFM professor introduces new construction methods to the Dominican Republic

BYU construction and facilities management professor Brian Capt could change the way construction operates in the Dominican Republic. For the past eight years, he has travelled there annually and has introduced and taught the people of the Dominican Republic about new ways of construction.

June 6, 2017
Universe: BYU alum sees benefits from industrial design education

BYU alumnus Cory McArthur completed his junior project back in 2015 but is still seeing benefits. One of his ideas has been mass-marketed and is now available for sale at a major retailer.

May 31, 2017
PhD student receives NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

Nathan Pehrson, a PhD student studying mechanical engineering, recently received the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). Pehrson was awarded over $60,000 for the fellowship and will begin in August, while still working to finish his PhD.

May 30, 2017
WE@BYU mentorship sparks student’s love for research

Through her mentorship working with a faculty member and graduate students in a lab, Hannah Evanson learned the importance of patience and developed a love for research. 

May 24, 2017
From student to professor: Chemical engineer Stella Nickerson returns to BYU

Not too long ago, chemical engineering professor Stella Nickerson was a student herself. After graduating from BYU in 2012, and receiving her PhD from Arizona State University last year, Nickerson landed her dream job here at BYU. However, she didn’t think timing would work out as perfectly as it did.

May 22, 2017
Convocation speaker highlights the benefits of humility and trust in a professional setting

On Friday, April 28, hundreds of graduates, family members, friends, and faculty gathered together for the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology convocation ceremonies. The convocation speaker was Ryan Holmes, director of Digital Media and Technical Operations for BYU Broadcasting, and he gave advice to the graduates on working with others and staying humble.

May 22, 2017
One vehicle, 10 students and 1,700 mpg

BYU engineering students just built a car that gets 1,700 miles per gallon. The students came in 2nd place at the Shell Eco Marathon Challenge, an international competition featuring 56 cars from schools across the United States and Canada. BYU’s supermileage vehicle was the highest performing American entry, outperformed only by Quebec’s Laval University.

May 18, 2017
New chemical engineering professor quickly finds his place at BYU

Most people graduate high school and go right into college, not always knowing exactly what they want to do. That was not the case for one of the newest chemical engineering professors, Andrew Fry.

May 16, 2017
BYU American Nuclear Society receives national recognition

On Tuesday, April 25 the BYU chapter of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) received three recognitions from the national chapter. The chapter received a recognition as a distinguished chapter.

May 3, 2017
BYU engineering professor receives NSF CAREER award

Mechanical engineering professor Oliver Johnson recently received a Faculty Early Career Development Award, the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty.

May 2, 2017
Former CEO talks engineers in the business world

David Weidman, BYU alum and former CEO of Celanese Corporation, a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 technology and special materials company, answered students’ questions about how he went from an engineer to a CEO on Friday, April 14.

April 26, 2017
BYU students make winter hammocking a warmer reality

Two BYU mechanical engineers have developed a product that will make sleeping in a hammock much warmer. 

April 25, 2017
BYU No. 4 in the country for taking research inventions to market

BYU students and professors have been able to turn research into real technology and products. And recently, BYU has ranked top five in "The Best Universities for Technology Transfer" by the Milken Institute. 

April 24, 2017
First women co-captains lead BYU steel bridge team to finals

In April, BYU’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) took home first place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Steel Bridge Competition, beating out 13 other schools from Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and New Mexico.

April 20, 2017
Students create prosthetic sockets for African amputees

BYU engineering students have teamed with the nonprofit Engage Now Africa to create a socket for above-knee amputees that fits neatly into prosthetics made available by the International Red Cross.

Watch a video about their design. 

April 20, 2017
BYU hosts K-12 innovation competition

On Friday, April 14, 38 teams of students competed in this year’s K-12 Student Innovator of the Year competition. Students competed for over $6,000 in cash prizes. The competition was hosted by DivergeConverge.org, a BYU research group in association with the Technology and Engineering Education program, and the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship at BYU.

April 18, 2017
Engineering students make biking possible for kids with leg-length discrepancies

BYU engineering students have created a special adapter to a bike pedal and crank system that allows people like 9-year-old Andrew, a boy born with a condition where his right leg grows much faster than his left, to ride smoothly and painlessly and keep his foot on the pedal.

April 10, 2017
Student learns the importance of quality from WE@BYU mentorship

For civil engineering senior Danielle Nixon, engineering runs in the family. An unlikely route, it was her cousin’s bridal shower that prompted Nixon to become involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and eventually apply for a WE@BYU Mentorship.

April 7, 2017
Environmental engineer talks leadership

On March 30, Bart Leininger, founder, principal engineer, and chief financial officer of Ashworth Leininger Group (ALG), an environmental engineering and consulting firm, spoke to students about the essence of leadership.

April 7, 2017
CEO teaches how to build self, teams and organizations

On March 30, the college’s Advancement Council for Engineering and Technology (ACET) led a leadership training meeting for clubs. The training meeting was conducted by members of ACET who taught the students how to better manage time, build great teams and gain leadership skills. Ryan Woodley, BYU alumnus, CEO of Progressive Leasing and member of ACET, was the keynote speaker. His topic was titled, “Building Yourself, Your Peers, and Your Organization.”

April 4, 2017
Technology and Engineering Education students win big at national competition

BYU’s Technology and Engineering Education students competed in this year's TEECA ITEEA conference and student competitions and took home first place in the technology challenge, the communications challenge, and the problem solving challenge. They also won second place in the teaching and lesson plan challenge. Also, BYU student Joseph Reid was named the ITEEA TEECA Outstanding Student of the Year.

March 30, 2017
General Authority relates engineering project management procedures to real life problems

Elder Peter F. Meurs, General Authority Seventy, spoke to students about his engineering background and his work with Fortescue in Northwestern Australia. Meurs shared important lessons he learned while working on several multi-billion-dollar projects with Fortescue and told students how they can apply those lessons to their own lives.

March 28, 2017
Gender-balanced cybersecurity team takes first in regional competition

BYU's Cybersecurity Team took home first place in the Rocky Mountain Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the second year in a row. In a male-dominated competition, BYU's team stood out with four females and four males on the team, being the only gender-balanced team nationwide both this year and last year. 

March 27, 2017
Build an underwater robot, learn STEM subjects

More than 800 elementary and middle school students plunked down self-built robots in the Lehi Legacy Center pool and maneuvered them through a series of underwater obstacles in the annual Utah Underwater Robotics Competition. BYU engineering and technology faculty and students started the program five years ago to help Utah school children learn STEM principles in a fun setting.

March 24, 2017
BYU researchers make flexible glass for tiny medical devices

BYU researchers have developed new glass technology that could add a new level of flexibility to the microscopic world of medical devices. Led by electrical engineering professor Aaron Hawkins, the researchers have found a way to make the normally brittle material of glass bend and flex. The research opens up the ability to create a new family of lab-on-a-chip devices based on flexing glass.

March 23, 2017
WE@BYU engineers happiness at annual celebration

On Tuesday, March 14, 150 women students and 30 Ira A. Fulton College alumni came together for the WE@BYU: Women in Engineering and Technology Annual Celebration. This year's theme was "Engineering Happiness." 

March 23, 2017
BYU gaining national recognition for undergraduate research support

BYU was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Beckman Scholars undergraduate research award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The award funds the research of outstanding BYU undergraduates studying chemistry, biology, or medicine.

March 22, 2017
CM students build playhouse to help Primary Children’s Hospital

Over 20 members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter at BYU built a full-sized playhouse that was donated to the Festival of Trees in December. The playhouse was auctioned off for $9,000 with all proceeds going to the Primary Children’s Hospital.

March 16, 2017
2016 a record year for BYU engineering and technology research funding

In 2016, the Ira A. Fulton College received a total of $14,168,116 from external agencies to support research. That accounts for 43 percent of BYU's total research funding for the year. That is also nearly $1.3M more than the college has ever received in external research dollars in the last decade.

March 16, 2017
From BYU Capstone to competition: team wins $50K Y-Prize Newborn Challenge

Judges declared Team Cambodia the winner of the Ballard Center’s Y-Prize Newborn Challenge, awarding $50,000 to the team of BYU students who presented the strongest business plan to improve and market a BYU-engineered, low-cost infant ventilator for hospitals in developing countries. The portable ventilator started out as a BYU Capstone project and will now go on to save lives around the world. 

March 16, 2017
Khione Outdoor Gear named 2017 Student Innovator of the Year

On Wednesday, March 15, seven finalists competed in the 2017 SIOY competition. Khione Outdoor Gear has been named 2017 Student Innovator of the Year for SHEL, a lightweight hammock covering that uses heat transfer technology to keep campers warm while sleeping outdoors.

March 15, 2017
Inspiration leads student to WE@BYU mentorship

In 2014, Amy Briggs was chosen for a WE@BYU Research Mentorship. The mentorship allows first- and second-year female students in the engineering and technology college to do research work while being mentored by a faculty member in a laboratory. In addition to research experience, the mentorship provided Briggs with confidence, the ability to ask for help, and a desire to get involved. 

March 14, 2017
Ira A. Fulton College student takes third place at university Three Minute Thesis Competition

On March 9, 11 BYU graduate students competed in the university-wide Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT). Competitors were required to present their theses within three minutes, and were judged on comprehension, engagement and communication. Mechanical engineering graduate student Jared Butler won third place and $1,500 in prize money. 

March 14, 2017

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